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The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre, Nanjing

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Commemorating over 300,000 deaths during the 1937 Japanese capture of the then Chinese capital, The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre stands on a former execution and mass burial site. Two marble walls with names of 300,000 victims, halls with photographs of executions, and documents detailing the capture of Nanjing tell the gruesome story of the Japanese Imperial Army's occupation of China. Enter a coffin-shaped display hall to see a mass burial site excavated with numerous bones of victims, and visit a reconstruction of a house ransacked by soldiers. Solemn bronze sculptures and grey stone architecture punctuate gardens with pine and cypress trees. Walk around the 28,000 sq m (302,400 sq ft) grounds, and ring the large bronze bell for peace. Using our world travel planner, Nanjing attractions like The Memorial of the Nanjing Massacre can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A museum on the massacre committed by the Japanese during World War II once the Chinese capital to "Nanjing". The whole thing is topped off by a sense of nationalism and hatred towards the opponent in Chinese style. Almost a museum suitable for the instrumentalisation of hate.
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  • The massacre which occurred here is meticulously researched and presented. There is way too much to take in if you were to try and read and see everything. It's pretty clear the atrocities were signif...  more »
  • On Sunday afternoon I heard it was very crowded. The other side of the high level of interest for China. To tour this museum by Nanking massacre, Chinese know how can grasp. I think in Japan this is various, such as a Chinese propaganda, or opinions and should apologize to. I think you can learn we cannot know the truth of the matter, as this Museum, but China is how caught this incident, I feel. I think it interesting can be seen from the Sino-Japanese war Japan's textbooks and different points of view.
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  • Read a couple of books about it before going to the museum. I thought they managed to capture the timeline and horror well. My friends with no previous knowledge seems to have understood it fairly well after the visit, which is what most museums should succeed in.
  • Never been to a museum with so much hatred and blame. Rather than being a memorial site, it only fuels hatred towards the japanese. Rather narrow passageways given the amount visitors. The exit is pretty far from entrance and the metro.
  • No doubt the massacre was a fact, but the information presented inside the museum was one-sided.
  • Detailed museum and memorial to the victims of the Nanjing Museum. Take a tour with a grain of salt as there is a slight bias in the information and analysis presented
  • Be aware that here is presented only one side of the story. It feels factual enough though. I hope it's not just pure propaganda. Just bear in mind that you won't read about the other side of the story. The museum is well done, my girlfriend and I a few hours, and couldn't finish it before it closed.